Prime Minister Bute
Prime Minister Bute

John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, served as Prime Minister of Great Britain during 1762–1763. He was the first Tory Prime Minister since the Harley ministry during 1710–1714 though his ministry was largely made up of Whigs.

Bute resigned following fierce criticism of his signing of the Treaty of Paris with its perceived lenient terms for France and Spain despite Britain's successes in the Seven Years' War. The Bute ministry consisted largely of the same members as its successor, the Grenville ministry. George III favoured Bute, but could not keep him in government (Whiteley 1996, p. 44).


Portfolio Minister Took office Left office
The Earl of Bute*1762 (1762)1763 (1763)
Chancellor of the ExchequerThe Lord le Despencer1762 (1762)1763 (1763)
Secretary of State for the Southern DepartmentThe Earl of Egremont1762 (1762)1763 (1763)
Secretary of State for the Northern DepartmentGeorge Grenville1762 (1762)1762 (1762)
The Earl of Halifax1762 (1762)1763 (1763)
Lord ChancellorThe Earl of Northington1762 (1762)1763 (1763)
Lord President of the CouncilThe Earl Granville1762 (1762)1763 (1763)
The Duke of Bedford1763 (1763)1763 (1763)
Lord Privy SealThe Duke of Bedford1762 (1762)1763 (1763)
First Lord of the AdmiraltyThe Earl of Halifax1762 (1762)1762 (1762)
George Grenville1762 (1762)1763 (1763)
Master-General of the OrdnanceThe Earl Ligonier1762 (1762)1763 (1763)
Henry Fox1762 (1762)1763 (1763)
Lord ChamberlainThe Duke of Devonshire1762 (1762)1762 (1762)
The Duke of Marlborough1762 (1762)1763 (1763)

See also


  • Browning, Reed (1975). The Duke of Newcastle. Yale University Press.
  • Hibbert, Christopher (1999). George III: A Personal History. Penguin Books.
  • Whiteley, Peter (1996). Lord North: The Prime Minister Who Lost America. The Hambledon Press.
Preceded byPitt–Newcastle ministry Government of Great Britain 1762–1763 Succeeded byGrenville ministry